Faculty Research Interests

Faculty Research Interests

Spotlight on Faculty Research Interests

   Faculty Name          Department         Research Interests

Stephanie Abraham, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education Critical Literacy; Biliteracy & Bilingualism; Dual Language Education; Teacher Research; Language & Literacy Pedagogies in K-5 Settings; Language & Literacy Practices Outside of School
Amy Accardo, Ed.D.,
Assistant Professor
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education Promoting independence for individuals with exceptionalities, particularly autism spectrum disorder, and integrating evidence-based practices into teacher preparation programs.

Susan Browne, Ed.D.,
Associate Professor

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education Reader response, multicultural literature, critical texts, urban education, culturally relevant/sustaining pedagogies

Carmelo Callueng, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Educational Services and Leadership

Dr. Callueng's research interest include supporting academic and behavioral functioning of students within a multi-tiered system of services; global mental health and wellbeing, and test development and use

Xiufang Chen, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education

Social-cultural dimensions of literacy learning, multicultural/multilingual education, English language learners and literacy learning, and integration of technology and literacy education

Nicole Edwards, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education Current research focuses on national concern with satisfying the Child Find mandate for earlier referrals to Part C Early Intervention, improving the quality of family-centered service delivery for children at risk for and with diagnosed special needs across birth-5 settings, family–provider collaboration and capacity-building to better support emerging emotional development, and roadblocks to implementing multi-tiered Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.​
Brent Elder, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education His research interests include utilizes a critical disability studies lens to examine the intersections of disability, poverty, and education in the United States and abroad.

Zeynep Ercan, Ph.D.,
Professor

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education Project based learning, qualitative and mixed methods research, stem integration, cultural diversity, immigrant education, leadership and coaching 

Madjiguene Fall, M.Ed.,
Instructor

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education Intersection of race, language, and power; educational experiences of culturally and linguistically-diverse students & minoritized language communities; translocal/digital literacies as political tool
Sarah Ferguson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education Dr. Ferguson's current research focuses on two areas: the education and utilization of quality research methods and analyses, and supporting the career development pathway for individuals from high school to career in STEM fields. 
Jeremy Glazer Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education English Language Arts Education, Teacher Attrition and Retention, Teacher Preparation, Lives of Teachers, Classroom Discussion
Kara Ieva, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor
Educational Services and Leadership Dr. Ieva's research interest include group counseling interventions and college and career readiness for first generation and low income students. 
Ane Turner Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Professor  Educational Services and Leadership Dr. Johnson is researcher of higher education, with a focus on conflict and rebuilding, gender and governance, and policy networks in Africa. She also explores research methods as they relate to gender, innovation, and the use of technology in Africa.  
Kate Kedley, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor
Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education LGBTQ Young Adult Literature, Critical Pedagogy and Critical Literacy, Teacher Activism, Education in Honduras
Monica Reid Kerrigan, Ed.D., Associate Professor Educational Services and Leadership Dr. Kerrigan’s research interests are two-fold: 1) the institutional structures and public policies that influence the transition of underrepresented students into and through postsecondary education –particularly community colleges—and into the labor market and 2) research methods and their application to the aforementioned issues.
S. Jay Kuder, Ed.D., 
Professor
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education Effective practices for supporting college-age students with autism. Transition of secondary-age students with autism. Language and literacy of students with disabilities.
Valarie G. Lee, Ed.D., Associate Professor Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education Adolescent literacy, Constructivist Professional Learning, Lesson Study, Empathy and Literature
Jiyeon Lee, Ph.D., 
Associate Professor
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education Reading comprehension and fluency, reading motivation and engagement, learning strategies for students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD. 
Huan-Tang Lu, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor
Educational Services and Leadership Dr. Lu's research interests include professional identity and issues in counseling, collaboration between school counselors and other professions/counselors, and second generation immigrants in educational settings. 
Kathryn McGinn Luet, Ph.D., 
Assistant Professor
Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education Community engagement in schooling, urban education, teacher preparation, English Language Arts pedagogy, critical pedagogy
Marjorie E. Madden, Ph.D., Associate Professor Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education Culturally relevant/sustaining pedagogies, Life histories and empathy, Constructivist Teacher Learning and Praxis, Connecting lives and texts through global partnerships
JoAnn B. Manning, Ed.D., Assistant Professor Educational Services and Leadership Dr. Manning's research interests include educational leadership, social justice leadership, instructional leadership and curriculum, K-12 school reform. 
Tyrone McCombs, Ph.D., Associate Professor Educational Services and Leadership Dr. McCombs' research interest include higher education governance, the presidency, and higher education partnerships with communities and k-12 
Catherine Michener, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education Language & literacy development of language-minoritized students, Instructional discourse, Teacher education for LM students, Bilingualism & biliteracy, Mixed methodology
Hajime Mitani, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor 
Educational Services and Leadership Dr. Mitani's research interests include school leadership, achievement gaps, educational evaluation and policy analysis, and international and comparative education. He uses large-scale education data and causal inference techniques to identify the impacts of educational policies and programs. 
Brianne Morettini, Ph.D., Associate Professor Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education Engage in research on teacher education, with a particular focus on beginning teacher identity formation and persistence, for teachers in high-poverty school districts. Publishes in national and international journals, and gives presentations around the country. Is currently serving as one of three Co-Investigators on a federally funded 3 year grant "the Beginning Teacher Project: Building Capacity and Professional Learning" with the Bridgeton Public School district
Joseph J. Pizzillo, Jr., Ph.D., Professor Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education Research in contemporary areas of School law and Educational Policy, along with issues facing Multicultural Education.  
Mark Raivetz, Ed.D.,
Assistant Professor 
Educational Services and Leadership Dr. Raivetz's interests include school choice, school finance, educational leadership and school improvement, program evaluation, and policy development and implementation 
Cecile Sam, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor
Educational Services and Leadership Dr. Sam is a qualitative researcher whose current focus in on the nexus between leadership, faculty work, and educational policy that spans K-20 contexts. She is particularly interested in the role ethics plays in these areas.
Kate Seltzer Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education Translanguaging, language ideologies, English Language Arts and literacy education, language teacher education and professional development
Carol Sharp, Ph.D.,
Professor
Educational Services and Leadership Dr. Sharp's research interests include professional development schools, teacher education program curriculum, educational leaders' locus of control. 
Maria Sudeck, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education Research on students' civic engagement through service learning as well as the examination of how students develop their personal educational philosophies
Anna Sun, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor
Educational Services and Leadership  Dr. Sun’s ongoing scholarship and research focus on educational leadership and policies in K-12, social justice and school leadership, international development and studies in education and school leadership, online education for school leadership preparation programs, and mix research methods and applications. 
Kenzo Sung, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor
Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education Urban Education and Policy, Ethnic Studies, History of Education, Political Economy, Critical Race Theory, 20th Century Social Movements and Reforms
Carol Thompson, Ph.D., Associate Professor Educational Services and Leadership Research interests include problem-based learning and the development of critical thinking in medical & premedical education; youth studies; and discourse analysis

Daniel Tulino, M.A., 
Instructor

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education

Particularly interested in critical pedagogy and reimagining curriculum in secondary ELA/Social Studies

Lisa Vernon-Dotson, Ph.D., 
Professor
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education Research interest includes teacher leadership and the impact on teacher practices and student outcomes, mentorship and induction in teacher education, and faculty retention in special education teacher education.
Martha Viator, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor
Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education Co-teaching and Teacher Preparation, Social Studies Methods, Socio-cultural Studies

MaryBeth Walpole, Ph.D., Professor and Chairperson

Educational Services and Leadership

Dr. Walpole's research interest focus on college students and colleges. Specifically she examines the admission process and transition to college and experiences and outcomes of college for underrepresented students. She also examines colleges using an organizational theory framework. 

Beth Wassell, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education

Language teacher education and professional learning, social justice curriculum and instruction in K-12 classrooms, immigrant students schooling experiences, family-school partnerships 

Holly G. Willett, Ph.D., 
Associate Professor

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education

Biography of an influential African American children's librarian.

Barbara Bole Williams, Ph.D., Professor 

Educational Services and Leadership 

Dr. Williams' research interests include ethical problem solving; crisis prevention, intervention and response in schools; and supporting P-12 students' academic and behavioral/emotional functioning within a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) within P-12 schools.  

Joy F. Xin, Ed.D., 
Professor and Chairperson

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

Using technology in teaching students with disabilities, special education and teacher education.

Shelley Zion, Ph.D., 
CASE- Executive Director

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education

Intersectional critical theories, purpose of school, student voice and sociopolitical development, critical pedagogies